The definitive reference on the Rural-to-Urban Transect
The go-to reference for academics, students, and practitioners interested in creating great places
Features important essays, diagrams, and images on the Rural-to-Urban Transect
Full colour illustrations showcase the most complete collection of Transect images ever published
Transect Urbanism: Readings in Human Ecology is the definitive reference on the Rural-to-Urban Transect, a compilation of the most important essays, diagrams, and images on the subject. It provides historical, practical, and theoretical insights into one of the most effective urban planning methodologies developed in the 20th Century. The Transect is a unifying theory, serving as a framework for the various fields of urban design.
The editors selected the most important previously published essays and commissioned preeminent academics and professionals to write on the use of the Transect in their areas of expertise, including retail, zoning, thoroughfare design, environmental sustainability, and philosophy. As diagrams and drawings are essential to the understanding and use of the Transect, this book also contains the most complete collection of Transect images ever published. Transect Urbanism will serve as a primary reference source for academics, students, and practitioners interested in creating great places.
Transect Urbanism: Readings in Human Ecology, describes itself as "The definitive reference on the Rural-to-Urban Transect." Edited by Andres Duany and Brian Falk, the book fills a gap in the planning literature. The Rural-to-Urban Transect--which I will refer to as Transect with a capital T--is one of the most influential planning theories in recent decades.
Prior to this, no books have been devoted entirely to the Transect--although many have touched upon it (I included sections in New Urbanism: Best Practices Guide). Published by Oro Editions and the Center for Applied Transect Studies, Transect Urbanism comprises eight new essays, 100 pages of images--many fascinating and some amusing--by artists and designers, and six of the best previously published academic articles on the topic. An excellent two-part introduction by Duany--Transect co-creator and an architect and planner with DPZ CoDESIGN--is worth the price of the book. --ROBERT STEUTEVILLE "Public Square: A CNU Journal "
About the Author
Andrés Duany, architect, urban designer, planner and author, has influenced urban planners and designers worldwide, redirected government policies in the U.S. and abroad, and produced plans for hundreds of new and renewed communities. He was the principal author of the SmartCode and co-author of several books, including Suburban Nation: the Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, The Smart Growth Manual, and The New Civic Art.
Brian Falk is Director of the Center for Applied Transect Studies, which supports interdisciplinary research and publication for the design, coding, and building of Transect-based communities. He was a contributing editor of the Sprawl Repair Manual and manages the Project for Lean Urbanism.
Sandy Sorlien is an urban code writer, editor, photographer, and teacher. She was the managing editor for the SmartCode and author of the Pocket Code. She is completing a photographic book about Main Streets and has embarked on another about the Schuylkill River.